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Shelter hosts Plaza concert

A free concert on the Plaza on Friday, Sept. 23,  aims to bring awareness about the Santa Fe animal shelter and the nonprofit’s work in the community.musician

The 6 p.m. concert features Daniele Spadavecchia, a gypsy jazz musician from New Orleans. The musician plays acoustic jazz guitar, mixing swing with Mediterranean Flamenco and European ethnic music. He also sings a selection of Italian, Latin and classic jazz repertoire.

The concert is part of a celebration for the animal shelter, which is being recognized Friday with a proclamation from the city as Santa Fe Animal Shelter Day. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Javier Gonzalez, notes the shelter’s significance in the city, which includes providing more than 100 living-wage jobs, free and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, humane education and community outreach programs. The shelter, which takes in more than 5,500 animals per year and provides services to thousands more, has marked a live-release rate of 94 percent for several years, effectively making the city a “no-kill” community.

The shelter plans to mark the day with reduced adoption fees and discounts at its shelter store. Donations will be accepted during the concert, which is being sponsored by shelter contributors.

The shelter recently wrapped up a $50,000 appeal to help alleviate overcrowding at the shelter. The funds will help support shelter programs, said Evelyn Viechec, the shelter’s director of growth.

For more information or to donate, please visit the shelter’s website at, or donate directly to 505-216-0628.

Lead the parade with your pet

The Santa Fe animal shelter is urging families with pets adopted from the shelter to join them in this year’s Children’s Pet Parade.

The shelter will once again take the lead as the grand marshal of Desfile de Los Niños, one of the most popular and well-attended events of the Santa Fe Fiesta. The parade is set this year for Saturday, Sept. 10.

Those wishing to join the shelter and its volunteers are asked to gather by 7:45 a.m. at the parade staging area at the New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda St. The parade, which is free to all participants, starts at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Devin White at

The hour-long parade, which began in the early 1920s, features hundreds of children and their families in costumes who participate in the parade, along with thousands of supporters lining the route. The event ends with an awards ceremony on the Plaza.

Let your dog take a dip

The Santa Fe animal shelter and the city’s Parks and Recreation Division are teaming up Saturday, Sept. 10, doggieDIP16for fun-filled splash for dogs.

The fourth annual Doggy Dip will take place at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Pool at Alto Park.

The event, which runs until 2 p.m., includes swimming for dogs in the big pool and the wading pool. Gift bags with coupons, goodies and treats will be given to the first 100 participants with dogs.

Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, although volunteers will help dogs in the large swimming pool. A wading pool is available for those dogs who may not be comfortable in the larger pool.

Admission is $10 per dog, with all proceeds benefitting the shelter. The pool is located at 1121 Alto St., near Alto Park. For more information, call 505-955-2503.

Shelter offers training classes for adult dogs

A training course at the Santa Fe animal shelter offers dog owners a chance to work with their dogs on basic issues and strengthen the bond with their best friend.

The shelter’s basic training class for adult dogs starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center at the back of the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The hour-long classes run for six weeks and cover basic training, such as set, stay, down, leave it, along with leash work and at least one trick. Owners will come away with a sense of how dogs learn, how to teach them and how to trouble-shoot troublesome behaviors or issues that are happening at home.

Class size is limited to eight dogs; the first class is held without dogs.

The cost of the course is $150; shelter dogs who have been adopted within one year are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

The classes are taught by the shelter’s behavior trainers. For more information, contact Hannah Padilla at 983-4309, ext. 151.

“Share the Love” pet adoption event and photos with Santa

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter will join The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and Subaru SFAS stl_qt pg adof America for the annual year-end Subaru “Share the Love” event and celebration. As part of this national effort, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Subaru of Santa Fe have teamed up to create off-site adoptions at the Santa Fe dealership, along with offering Photos with Santa Paws.

Santa Fe’s biggest holiday adoption match-a-thon takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Adoption fees for all adult animals will be reduced to $25 during the two-day event. The adoption fee for puppies, kittens and Shelter Heroes will be reduced to 50 percent!

Carolyn Wright with The Photography Studio has generously donated her time again this year for Photos with Santa Paws – professional holiday photos with or without pets! She’s offering a free digital image to all adopters and a free digital image with any Shelter donation – pet food, toys or monetary contributions. Wright also offers customized gift items, prints and photo enlargements that can be created from the picture with Santa Paws. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the shelter and its work with homeless animals.

For every new Subaru purchased or leased during the “Share the Love” event, which runs through Jan. 2, Subaru donates $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities, one of which is the ASPCA. The ASPCA will be distributing its donation to support animal welfare organizations and lifesaving programs across the country and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is pleased to be a recipient of one of these grants.

“This is a great opportunity to bring more love into your family for the holidays,” said Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. “We’re thankful to be a part of the Share the Love campaign and hope we find loving homes for every animal in the shelter.”

What: Share the Love Adoption Event

Where: Subaru of Santa Fe, 4480 Cerrillos Road

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19